This is a discussion on QB situation next year within the Georgia Tech Football forums, part of the Georgia Tech Sports Message Boards category; Assuming Vad Lee wins the QB battle with Justin Thomas, any chance we see Thomas take snaps at another position? ...
Assuming Vad Lee wins the QB battle with Justin Thomas, any chance we see Thomas take snaps at another position? Kick/punt returns or maybe WR? Seems like a waste to not have him on the field. CPJ has said before that he wants all his best players on the field at the same time.
I don't think so. You have to take care of your #2 QB and he will need every snap at practice. I can see VL getting injured.
Hearing more that it could be "thunder" and "lightening".
Even if Thomas only can run a few plays well the fact that he starts the play with the ball (no need to get the ball to him), means you have an instant home run threat. In that scenario "plug-n'-play" is a lot easier situationally.
I would be terrified defending the midline if JT could run it well behind a dominant OL. That dude squirts through to the second level and HE GONE.
I think VL is the total package - Thunder and Lightning and passing. My perception of JT is that he is just lightning but we need to see him before making such generalizations. Practice reports aren't going to cut it!
PJ has not shown much love for situational QBs or special packages just to get a QB with a different skill set in the game...remember this year and the VL debacle??!
Last edited by HelluvaMGTmjr; 01-08-2013 at 02:52 PM.
I'm not following you Helluva. Most of us thought at the beginning of the season that Vad would play increasing minutes as the season went on and maybe even win the starting job. While he did not become the permanent starter he clearly took over at times such as the big win vs UNC on the road.
So by definition Johnson showed he WILL give two quarterbacks a lot of minutes. In doing so he got the young guy experience without blowing his confidence or sacrificing the season At the same time when Vad got hot like against UNC he rode him. Remember Tevin played very well at times down the stretch and was clearly the better QB vs a bowl bound Duke where we needed a "W" to extend our season.
Really he played Tevin enough to salvage a season by winning the coastal which got us a week of extra practice for the title game and clinched a bunch of bowl game practices that are universally regarded as key to developing young talent. Johnson said in an interview the first week JT & Vad got all the snaps running with the #1's. Then we were able to snap the bowl streak with Tevin grinding it out in the second half vs UNC (reference two Vad turnovers in the first half).
I saw Vad play against UGA, FSU, and USC and he didn't look any more or less effective than Tevin. I liked how when we got the lead PJ went to Tevin because he's low risk/low reward as opposed to Vad's high risk/high reward. Smart move given how our defense was playing. I saw Vad play against FSU & UGA, and I didn't think he was any more or less effective than Tevin. Would he have been if he'd played all season? Maybe but I'm guessing we'd have lost more games earlier and not even played FSU & USC.
It's just my opinion and I don't expect the usual fonts to agree, but imo not only did PJ play two QBs, I think he did a good job of figuring out whom to play when. IMO this was important for winning now AND developing for the future.
My beef with Johnson is in other areas. Dude's offense averaged over 40ppg in league play. It can be better but the whole a different QB would have changed our season thing....yeah it would have for the worse.
At this point I won't assume anything. I just look forward to a robust competition. By August, the bar will be quite a bit higher at this position. For that, I am thankful. Personally, if there is still separation between JT and guys like Byerly, then I feel that we need to keep JT at QB full time. We have been more than fortunate with QB injuries the last 2+ years. Plus, it is dangerous to assume that JT will have reached his peak at QB by the 2013 season. I think we can all agree that Vad will be MUCH better in the coming seasons than he was this (his RS Frosh) year. If he was that effective while failing to get us into the right checks, just think how good he will be when he does.
+1 Boomer. Definitely way too early to assume anything. There is way too much development and competition to happen. The main thing is that we have two high-ceiling guys competing. At GSU Johnson did play QBs who were waiting in the wings at other positions but I have no idea if he'd do it here. Probably as you say it depends on how close #1, #2, & #3 are to each other.
He'll stay at QB next year and could possibly move the year after that (Damon Mitchell)
I want to see both of them. Vad besides the UNC game has had some good moments, and some crazy moments.
JT will be good though, can't see how Paul Johnson keeps his former Alabama commit off the field.
GO JACKETS THWG
I think that CPJ is conservative and that he goes back to the axiom "If you are playing two QBs that means that you don't have one QB." I think that VAD starts and JT backs him up, but no situational QB plays for JT. JT will play in garbage time in blowout games and if VAD gets hurt, otherwise I think the job is VAD's.